You need to read my article.
With ASP, you interpserse scripting and HTML in the page, generally.
Therefore, while the generated page may be perfectly valid HTML, the HTML
alone in the page (without the scripting activated) can be perfectly BAD.
How do you display bad HTML in a WYSIWYG editor? The editor's WYSIWYG
interface interprets HTML in much the same way as a browser. FrontPage tends
to "correct" the existing HTML, in order to make it "work." It has no way of
knowing how the scripting will affect it, since the scripting may affect it
in any number of ways, depending upon conditions (hence, "dynamic").
Also, in the article, I talk about why I always use FrontPage, for one of
the very reasons you described: The client can't edit the page without being
an ASP expert if you don't. If you follow FrontPage's "rules" you can design
ASP pages that work beautifully in FP Editor, and take half as long to
create. I do this for a living too, and all I do is ASP.
Finally, in the article, I describe solutions to various related problems,
how to write your code and your HTML so that it works in FrontPage. It's not
hard to do.
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> > You'd be better off learning how to code your ASP so that it doesn't
> > these problems in FrontPage. If you always use the HTML view to edit
> The whole idea seems weird to me. IMHO there's already enough different
> "standards" and limitations in web-design to cope with. So I want my tools
> to be on my side - not to add any extra difficulties. I don't understand
> philosophy, why there can't be a simple on/off -button:"Never change my
> > pages, you might as well use Notepad (which, btw, you have the option to
> > in FrontPage).
> That's what I do. But without that little button FP is just very heavy and
> difficult to use text-editor.
> I do this for living and I have other tools too. So I don't mind so much.
> But it is also reason why I can never recommend my customers to use FP for
> updating pages. That can't be the point?
> Juha Borenius